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Bhubaneswar: Prime Minister Narendra Modi Sunday praised an ASHA worker from Orissa for her valuable work in the service of society. During his 30-minute address in his ‘Mann in Baat’ programme broadcast on radio, he discussed the work of Jamuna Mani Singh, who belongs to Balasore district and has bravely fought against malaria in the district.
“In a small village in Orissa called Tendagaon, which is malaria infested, lives an ASHA worker. Jamuna Mani Singh has vowed not to allow a single death in her village. Through her dedicated efforts, which included creating awareness about the disease, she tried her best to avert the damages malaria causes. Through Jamuna Mani, I want to honour all ASHA workers for their services,” said Modi.
Jamuna Mani Singh has already been felicitated by the state government for her endeavours.
The ‘Mann ki Baat’ programme broadcast Sunday was the 14th edition of Modi’s radio address to the nation in which he often talks about some of the inspiring stories about community leaders and other people working for the welfare of society and setting shining examples for others to follow.
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Cuttack: Property including costly equipment worth over Rs 10 lakh was damaged after a fire broke out at the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) of the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Post Graduate Institute of Paediatrics (Sishu Bhavan) Sunday morning.
There was no loss of life as the staff of the hospital managed to shift all the 22 patients of the ward to safety. However, a 21-day-old boy who was undergoing treatment at the NICU ward sustained burn injuries on his head after a warming lamp caught fire and fell on him. The newborn child of Abhimanyu Sahu and Anita Sahu of Kendrapada is being treated in the ICU and kept in ventilator.
‘‘All the 22 newborns at the NICU are safe and have been shifted to other place,’’ said Cuttack collector Nirmal Chandra Mishra who reached the Sishu Bhavan minutes after the incident.
The collector also directed the district technical committee to probe the incident and submit report within a week.
However, there was major damage to the medical equipment and other infrastructure of the NICU, Mishra said.
Though the exact cause of the fire was not known, sources said the fire broke out following sparking from a warmer light.Later, Fire brigade personnel doused the fire.
State Health and Family Welfare minister Atanu Sabyasachi Nayak, who visited the hospital, said action would be taken against persons if the investigation report suggests the fire was caused due to lapses of any of the employee.
A boy was killed in a major fire at the third floor of the new building of Acharya Harihar Regional Cancer Research Centre (AHRCRC) here October 16.
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New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi Sunday said the pace of enrolment for the Pradhan Mantri Mudra Yojana (PMMY) to help small entrepreneurs had not picked up the way he expected it to.
‘‘Though the Mudra (Micro Units Development and Refinance Agency) Yojana is in place to help small entrepreneurs, the speed at which I want to go with it has not been attained,” Modi said in his Mann Ki Baat address on All India Radio.
‘‘But the beginning is good. So far 66 lakh people have benefited … with Rs 42,000crore spent. I am happy to announce that out of 66 lakh people, 24 lakh are women,” he said.
‘‘The majority of these beneficiaries are from among the Scheduled Caste, Scheduled Tribe and Other Backward Class people who stand up and take responsibility to take care of their families.
‘‘…PMMY funds the unfunded and is focused on empowering people in the true sense,” he said.
‘‘It provides a boost to three Es – Enterprises, Earning and Empowerment. The scheme encourages enterprises, provides opportunity for earning, and empowers people. It is helping small entrepreneurs.’’
‘‘The scheme is trying to help small workers such as barbers, laundrymen, milkmen, newspaper vendors…’’
The Prime Minister said: ‘‘I got to know of Mamata Sharma from Bhopal, who got Rs 40,000 from the MUDRA Yojana. She is now running a business of making wallets. She used to make wallets earlier too and had a lot of problems because of heavy interest rates,’’ he said.
The PMMY, under the MUDRA Bank, has been created for the development and refinancing of micro units.
Modi pat for Jamuna:
Modi praised an ASHA worker from Balasore district for her fight against Malaria in her Tendagaon village. Jamuna Mani Singh has resolved not to allow a single malaria related death in her village. ‘‘I honour all Asha workers through Jamuna Mani,” said Modi .
The state government has also felicitated Jamuna for her dedication and endeavour.
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Bhubaneswar: Shivam Pathak, the composer who carved a niche for himself with hits ‘Sukoon Mila’ and ‘Salaam India’ in the Priyanka Chopra-starrer biopic ‘Mary Kom’, was in the city for a concert Saturday. The young musician, who is busy with new projects including Gangajal 2 and Dhanak spoke with Orissa POST on his musical journey and plans for the future. Excerpts:
Q-After appearing on the reality show Indian Idol 2010 you remained virtually invisible till 2014. What happened?
A-After the show, I decided that I wanted to move on and realised that I needed to do something different. I stopped performing at programmes and concerts, and trained hard for two years. During the period I also composed music. The offer for Mary Kom came in that period.
Q-‘Sukoon Mila’ was one of the best songs in ‘Mary Kom’. Where did the inspiration for that song come from?
A-I don’t know. I had been working on the music sitting at home. I strummed a tune on my guitar and suddenly everything fell in place. Sanjay ji (producer of Mary Kom Sanjay Leela Bhansali) liked the tune for Sukoon Mila and immediately decided to include it in the movie.
Q- You are yourself a good singer. So, why did you not also sing the song?
A-Arijit Singh is a leading singer in the industry. I thought it would be much better it he sang the song and that people would love it if he sang my composition. The outcome is there for you to see.
Q–Which do you love more, singing or composing music? In what role can we see you more in future?
A-I love both; so, I haven’t decided anything yet. Right now I am composing music as well as singing. I will do whatever Bollywood offers me as a singer and as a composer.
Q- Tell us something about your future projects?
A-I am working on four upcoming movies in which I have either sung or composed music for. I have sung for Prakash Jha’s ‘Gangajaal 2’ and Nagesh Kukunoor’s ‘Dhanak’ and composed music for another movie. Ankit Tiwari will sing my songs.
Q- What is your favourite music?
A-I love metal rock and to entertain people with music of the genre. Besides rock music, I like classical Indian music and have been learning it for the past few years.
Q-As a rising newcomer in the music industry, what is your advise for youngsters from small towns looking to make a career out of music?
A-Musicians should listen to good music, both Indian and western. It is really essential to learn Indian classical music as it would help one to understand what one is signing.
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